Will the Vikings Be Willing to Pay Big For Ricky Wagner?
The Vikings have been rumored to be interested in right tackle Ricky Wagner. He is expected to cost around $10 million a year. Question is, will the Vikings be willing to give him that?
Mike Garafolo on @GMFB : "Ricky Wagner is about to blow the lid off the right tackle market." Says Vikings a possibility.
— Peter Schrager (@PSchrags) March 7, 2017
Given their needs at right tackle, they could possibly do that, but they also have needs at right guard and left tackle. Adam Thielen, Captain Munnerlyn and Cordarrelle Patterson are also free agents. Only Thielen may be brought back though of the three.
The Vikings are around $38 million under the salary cap. Perhaps they could sign Wagner and then also re-sign Matt Kalil and sign a right guard too. They also reportedly are interested in Green Bay Packers right guard T.J. Lang.
If they cannot sign Wagner, they could also go after Detroit Lions right tackle Riley Reiff.
Pro Football Focus rated Wagner as the 19th best tackle in the NFL with a rating of 84.5. The only free agent tackle that was rated higher than him was 35-year old left tackle Andrew Whitworth of the Cincinnati Bengals.
The highest paid right tackle in the league currently is Bryan Bulaga of the Green Bay Packers at an average of $6.75 million per year. Last offseason, the Kansas City Chiefs signed Mitchell Schwartz to a five-year/$33 million deal (average of $6.6 million a year).
Wagner was drafted in the fifth round of the 2013 draft out of Wisconsin. He has started in 47 out of 62 career games.
It will be very interesting to see what general manager Rick Spielman will do. He has never been too reliant on free agency, but has shown that he is willing to spend big if needed (Linval Joseph and Greg Jennings).
He is expected to be active on the market for some lineman. Whether he is willing to give Wagner $10 million a year will be interesting to see. For $8 million a year he may pull the trigger without blinking. Garafolo though expects him to get more than $8 million a year.
The frenzy starts in two days!